Statement from Anthony Coscia, Chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors, on Governor Cuomo’s Empire Station District Plan

“Amtrak’s Penn Station is the nation’s busiest transportation facility, the central hub of the Northeast Corridor, and an economic driver for the entire nation. After decades of LIRR, NJ Transit, and Amtrak service growth, the station’s tracks and platforms are now full for much of the day, limiting all three railroads’ ability to add trains in the future.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has already invested in transformative projects at Penn to improve the passenger experience at the station — including Moynihan Train Hall and an expanded LIRR Concourse — and these soon-to-be-completed projects will drastically enhance the transit hub.

“And today, the Governor leads the way to fundamentally increasing rail service capacity by jumpstarting the process to add more tracks and platforms to the south of the existing station and, in turn, create a station complex that will give riders the experience and mobility they deserve.

“This forward-thinking plan should serve as a model to the nation as we strive to build 21st century transportation and infrastructure systems. Amtrak looks forward to partnering with Governor Cuomo and New York State, along with the MTA, NJ Transit and the other stakeholders on this project.”